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HP LaserJet Pro M12w Printers - Wireless Printer Setup (OS X)

This document is for HP LaserJet Pro M12w printers and for computers with OS X.
To set up an HP printer on a wireless (Wi-Fi) network, install the print driver and software, and then set up the wireless connection.

Step 1: Prepare for the installation

Before setting up the printer on your wireless network, gather the required items, and then check the printer and computer connections.
note:
If you need to find your network password, go to Find Your Wireless WEP, WPA, WPA2 Password.
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Network name: The network name is the SSID.
    • Network password (WEP key or WPA security passphrase)
    • A computer connected to your wireless network
    • Internet access: HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place your printer close to the computer during the installation.
    • USB cable: The installer prompts you when to connect the USB cable.
  2. Make sure the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network to which you are connecting the printer.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cables from the printer.

Step 2: Download and install the driver

To set up the printer on a wireless network, install the print driver, and then temporarily connect the USB cable from the printer to the computer. This allows the printer to gather the necessary wireless information from the computer.
  1. Under the Download options, click Drivers, Software & Firmware.
  2. Select your operating system.
  3. Click Download.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to prepare and connect the printer.
  5. Open the downloaded installation file, and then click the name of your printer model.
    Example of clicking on your printer model
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  7. After the installation finishes, go to System Preferences, and then click on Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners.
    The Printers & Scanners window opens.
    Example of the Printers & Scanners window
  8. Click on the name of your printer, and then click on Options & Supplies.
  9. Click Utility, and then click Open Printer Utility.
    Example of Open Printer Utility
  10. Click HTML Config.
    Example of clicking HTML Config
  11. Click the Networking tab, and then click Wireless from the menu on the left.
    Example of the Networking tab
  12. From the status menu, select Enabled if it is not already enabled.
  13. Click your network name on the list of available networks, click the Select button to add it to the Current Network Name field, enter the network password or passphrase, and then click Apply.
      Example of adding the network name and entering the pass-phrase
    1. Network name (SSID)
    2. Pass-phrase
  14. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer.

Step 3: Add the printer to the Mac

Open the Printers & Scanners or Print & Scan window to add the printer to the Mac.
  1. Search the Mac for Print and then click Print & Scan, or Printers & Scanners in the list of results.
  2. Click the minus sign , and then delete the USB installed printer.
  3. Click the plus sign , and then click Add Printer or Scanner.
  4. Click the name of the printer with Bonjour as the kind, click the Use menu, and then select the name of the printer in the pop-up menu.
  5. Click Add to add the printer to the list.
    The printer is connected to the wireless network.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Review these frequently asked questions on setting up the wireless network connection.

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